Cats are natural explorers and can safely enjoy the outdoors with the right approach. This balance ensures they get the physical and mental stimulation they need without facing potential risks.
A perfect example of safe and stimulating outdoor time for cats was showcased on December 2nd. A cat named Raja, a Bengal/Savannah mix, and her owner David demonstrated a fun and secure way for cats to engage with nature.
In a video, Raja is seen riding in a cat-pack carried by David, attentively listening and mimicking the sounds of the outdoors. This behavior, while entertaining, is also a critical aspect of a cat’s hunting instincts.
@outdoorsavannah Cat mimicking bird and squirrel sounds is a hunting behavior #outdoorsavannah ♬ original sound – Raja and David
Outdoor cats, or those who have indoor-outdoor access, naturally develop hunting skills. They become attuned to nature sounds and are constantly vigilant, trying to locate the source of these noises. Full-grown cats, especially, are capable of more complex sound mimicry.
In the wild, kittens learn hunting behaviors from their mothers, mastering various sounds and stealthy techniques. Domestic cats, though not raised in the wild, still possess a strong prey drive. Time spent outdoors enhances their natural hunting skills.
@outdoorsavannah Raja’s eyes 🥺 #ekekekkekkek #cat #outdoorsavannah ♬ original sound – Raja and David
Even indoor cats exhibit similar behaviors through “predatory play” instincts. This includes chirping, mimicking sounds, stalking, pouncing, swatting, biting, and vigorous shaking of toys. Unlike outdoor cats who hunt for survival, indoor cats engage in playful imitation, often befriending rather than harming their “prey.”
However, it’s essential to keep cats away from potential dangers like wild rodents, as they can carry diseases. Instead, stimulating predatory play through toys is encouraged.
To prevent cats from targeting humans or other pets, it’s advisable to use toys for playtime, especially when they are kittens, and avoid using hands or feet as play objects.
The key takeaway is that with appropriate methods and safety measures, cats can enjoy the outdoors and their natural instincts without any risks.